One of the things that really compels me is the problem with history, especially the history of indigenous people. Then last my own history, where do I fit in as a native woman? How does my experience and the experience of a native individual speak to the group as a whole.
My name’s Vivian Harrison and I have my mother’s Indian name, StuYat. I was born right here on the Yakama Reservation at Harrah, my uncle’s house at a place called Charlie’s Pond.My mother’s mother was from the Palouse Band over towards Idaho on the Snake River.My mother’sfather is from Spearfish, the WishramBand. My father is from the White Swan area, Yakama.So I’m completely Plateau and I was born in 1945.
My mother was a weaver and a bead worker and she was very proficient with taking care of salmon in every way. By that I mean cleaning it, cutting it, drying it and preparing it in other ways.That’s a mainstay of our diet on the Columbia River and that was where I grew up.
I’m really pleased to participate with this event. I’m a Native American enrolled on the Umatilla tribe, which is located in northeastern Oregon. We adopted a constitution and by-laws in 1949, so as principally three tribesthe Umatilla, the Walla Walla and the Cayuse. After the constitution was adopted it became known as the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
After I’ve was born, I was born on Umatilla Reservation in 1949. I was brought into life by a midwife on the southern part of the reservation at a place called McKay Creek, Oregon. My father’s family is of Umatilla descent. My mother’s side of the family is of Palouse descent.
My name is Roger Fernandes. My native name is Kawasa. I’m a member of Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of the state of Washington.
I was born and raised in the Seattle area. My mother moved to the city when she was a young woman and I was born in 1951 in Seattle. So I guess I’m what you would call an urban Indian, in some regards that makes life difficult in figuring out your native identity. In other regards it can be seen as an asset.
My name is Katrina Miller Walsey. I’m a member of the Yakama Nation. My Indian name is yut-te-le-low-wit. With my job I do a lot of story telling. We have done stories; they’re from the Pushami storybook and we do some about the beavers, the big frog, and these stories are of the landmarks that are within the Yakama Reservation, or that we can see. They’re like, “Oh, that’s where it came from” and so we can see how the animals had made these landmarks.
How We Got the Fringe on the Heel of Our Moccasins (Speaks in Language) Good morning. My name is Sound of a Woman Working, and I’m also called Cougar Tracks. I am Yakama, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla and Grand Ronde. I am considered a storyteller by my people and my family. There’re many stories that…